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Choosing a college is one of the most important decisions you will ever make, and the Office of Admissions & Merit Awards is committed to assisting you in this process.  We offer guided tours, special Saturday visitation programs and the chance to meet one-on-one with an Admissions counselor—it's all part of our personal touch.  Do not hesitate to contact any staff member with your Admissions questions and concerns at 843-349-2170 or 800-277-7000 or admissions@coastal.edu.  Regular office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Amanda Craddock

Title:  Assistant Provost, Admissions & Merit Awards

Phone:  843-349-2504

Educational Background:  B.A. in History and M.Ed. in Administration, Supervision, and Leadership

What is something that prospective students may not know about Coastal? CCU is the fastest growing public university in South Carolina. In addition to student growth, we are changing the landscape of the campus with the construction of new buildings. Since 2011, we have opened the HTC Student Recreation and Convocation Center, the Bryan Information Commons, Brittain and Swain Halls. Construction is currently underway on a second new science building, new residence halls, and an expansion and renovation of the student union. These improvements will benefit both new and future students. Plus Coastal has also been recognized as one of "America's Best Colleges Buys" making us a great value for the quality of education we offer.

What is your favorite part of working in admissions? The students! The college application process can be such an exciting time and I enjoy working with students to help them find a school that is the best fit for them.  It is an honor to work with all students to make attending college a reality.  I can't imagine having a different career that would be as rewarding. 

If you could be any fictional character, who would it be? It would be a toss-up between Jo March from Little Women and Daisy Buchanan from The Great Gatsby.  Both are characters from my two favorite books.


Derek Doss, CCU class of 2008

Title:  Associate Director of Admissions

Phone:  843-349-2022

Email:  dldoss@coastal.edu

Territory:  Freshman Students - Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

Educational Background:  B.S. in Business Administration and M.Ed. in Higher Education

How has campus changed since you were a student? Coastal has changed in such an amazing way, since I graduated in 2008. The facilities that students have now can only make the student experience better. There are more clubs and organizations, campus recreation options, more athletics, and so much more. It's very exciting to watch Coastal change right in front of my eyes.

What is your favorite place on campus? Baseball & Softball fields. I've always loved the games of baseball and softball.  I enjoy going to the games and supporting students pursuing their athletics and academic goals. There is nothing like spending a spring day at the ball field!

What are three things we would always find in your refrigerator?

  1. Frank's Hot Sauce, it doesn't get much better!
  2. Martinelli's Apple Cider, best in all the land!
  3. Homemade Chicken Bog! If you don't know what it is, you will learn when you start at Coastal!

Caitlin Jacobs

Title:  Senior Assistant Director of Transfer Admissions

Phone:  843-349-6976

Email:  cjacobs2@coastal.edu

Territory:  Transfer and Second-Degree Seeking Students (last names beginning with A - M), Health Administration Completion and Nursing Completion majors, Re-admitted Students, Non-Degree Seeking Students (last names beginning with A - M)

Educational Background:  B.S. in Communication Studies and M.Ed. in Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education

What is your favorite thing to do in the Conway/Myrtle Beach area? Escape to Huntington Beach State park.

If you could be any fictional character, who would it be? Black Widow from Marvel Comics

What is your favorite part of working in admissions? Meeting all kinds of people from various backgrounds and helping them go from where they are to where they want to be.


Kenley Jones

Title:  Senior Associate Director of Admissions, International Students

Phone:  843-349-2521

Email:  internationaladmissions@coastal.edu

Territory:  International Students

Educational Background:  B.A. in History and M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration

Why do you think students should pick Coastal? Coastal Carolina is the optimal size. It is large enough to provide a large assortment of academic programs and ways for students to get involved, but small enough where the intimacy and personalization that is so important to the college experience is not lost.

What is your favorite thing to do in the Myrtle Beach/Conway area? Try the endless offerings of Hibachi restaurants in the area. Myrtle Beach/Conway loves its Hibachi!

What is the #1 song on your IPOD? Home by Awa....it's all about Island Music!


Tasha Newcomb, CCU class of 2008

Title:  Senior Assistant Director of Admissions, High Ability Recruitment

Phone:  843-349-2286

Email:  tasha@coastal.edu

Territory:  Freshman Students - South Carolina (Greenville), Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Wisconsin

Educational Background:  B.A. in English

Why did you choose Coastal? I toured schools from Florida to North Carolina but immediately felt at home when I visited Coastal Carolina. I loved the location, my student tour guide was excited and energetic, and it was a place that I could see myself calling home.

What is your favorite part of working in admissions? I truly love meeting families and new students. Being able to make a difference in a student's college search is the best part of my day. As an alumna and Coastal staff member, I've been here for more than a decade and I love sharing my experiences, putting nerves at ease, and helping students transition to college.

What advice can you give to prospective students about finding the right school? If you are considering a common major such as management, psychology, communication, biology, etc. look beyond your major. Just about every college in America offers those degrees so ask yourself, "What else do I want in a college?" Consider class-room size, tuition costs, campus clubs and organizations, leadership opportunities, location…anything that's important to you and try to find a school that meets those priorities.


Rebecca Johnson

Title:  Senior Assistant Director of Campus Visits

Phone:  843-349-6450

Email:  rjohnso6@coastal.edu

Territory:  Freshman Students - South Carolina (counties:  Anderson, Oconee, Pickens), North Carolina

Educational Background:  B.A. in Psychology and M.B.A. in Business Administration

What advice can you give to prospective students about finding the right school? VISIT! Brochures filled with campus photos are a great way to get an idea of what the campus environment might be like, but they will not give you the complete picture.  Visit the schools you are considering to find out if it is the right fit for you.

What is your favorite thing to do in the Conway/Myrtle Beach area? I'm new to the area. But so far I have been very impressed with the friendliness of the community—from campus, to the grocery store, to the beach. Everyone says "hi" with a smile. They have made my family and I feel at home.

What are three things we would always find in your refrigerator? Kale, granny smith apples and almond milk. But let's be honest—I'll most likely be eating Mac & Cheese.


Lyle Morris

Title:  Assistant Director of Admissions, Travel

Phone:  843-349-6926

Email:  lmorris@coastal.edu

Territory:  Freshman Students - South Carolina (counties:  Cherokee, Chester, Fairfield, Laurens, Newberry, Saluda, Spartanburg, Union, York), Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee

Educational Background:  B.S. in Biology

What is your favorite memory at CCU? My favorite memory at CCU so far is attending the basketball home opener vs. Ole Miss and getting rowdy with 3,600 other Chants.

What do you like most about CCU's location? I can easily access a number of championship golf courses and the beach. You can't beat that!

What is the #1 most played song on your iPod? Without a doubt, it is "Three Little Birds" by Bob Marley.


Kelly Harer, CCU class of 2011

Title:  Assistant Director of Admissions

Phone:  843-349-2311

Email:  kkharer@coastal.edu

Territory:  Freshman Students - South Carolina (counties:  Calhoun, Chesterfield, Clarendon, Darlington, Kershaw, Lancaster, Lee, Marlboro, Sumter), Delaware, Pennsylvania

Educational Background:  B.S.B.A. in Management

What is your favorite memory at CCU? My favorite memory at CCU is having the opportunity to attend PowerShift—a conference dedicated to raising awareness of environmental issues. Over 10,000 students from around the country gathered in Washington D.C. to fight for clean energy; it was such an amazing experience to be part of such a large and powerful movement.

What is your favorite thing to do in the Conway/Myrtle Beach area? I love spending time on the Waccamaw River in Conway. I love the tranquil black water, which is vastly different from what I'm used to seeing (I'm originally from Pennsylvania). CCU makes it really easy, since I am able to rent kayaks and paddleboards directly from the school. 

If you could be any fictional character, who would it be? The Doctor (Doctor Who). He has the ability to travel through time and space, is incredibly intelligent, knows what to do in every situation, and fights for justice. Sounds great to me!


Kenneth Roach II

Title:  Assistant Director of Admissions

Phone:  843-349-6956

Email:  kroach@coastal.edu

Territory:  Freshman Students - South Carolina (counties:  Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester), Maryland

Educational Background:  B.S. in Sociology

What is your favorite part of working in Admissions? I enjoy working with so many talented students, faculty and staff from all over the nation and the world. What's great about Coastal Carolina University is that there isn't a "typical CCU student." Our programs attract students from diverse backgrounds with some remarkable personal and academic experiences. You never know who you'll meet in Teal Nation!

What advice can you give to prospective students about finding the right school? My advice to prospective students is to never be afraid to ask questions! We want to assist in figuring out what is best for you. Stay open-minded about opportunities and resources available to you, but you seriously cannot get any better than Coastal Carolina University!

What is your favorite place on campus? My favorite places on campus are our residential living and learning communities. Within our residential communities you get a chance to meet people from different ethnic and social backgrounds. Friendships and understanding develop among students in these communities. Our residence halls provide a microcosm of the wider society that we hope would one day mirror our collegiate environment.


Carolyn Bodmer

Title:  Admissions Counselor

Phone:  843-349-6521

Email:  cbodmer@coastal.edu

Territory:  Freshman Students - South Carolina (counties:  Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, McCormick), New Jersey, New York

Educational Background:  B.A. Communication and M.A. Criminal Justice, Homeland Security

What advice can you give to prospective students about finding the right school? Definitely think about your learning style! Are you more comfortable with small classes or large classes? Does the college or university offer one-on-one time with your professor? College will be your home away from home for the next four years, so make sure you are comfortable and that you are in an environment where you can thrive. CCU offers our students endless opportunities for growth and personal success.

What is your favorite thing to do in the Conway/Myrtle Beach area? I am a huge runner, so I love that there are great trails and routes for training. Not many people can say they get to run along rows of palm trees or with the picturesque view of the ocean, but I do! With the outstanding weather year long, the outdoors is the place to be!

What is your favorite part of working in Admissions? The people! I get to meet prospective students and their families from all over the country and no two conversations are ever the same. It is a great feeling to share all of the amazing things Coastal Carolina University can offer students, to ease their nerves about college life and to get them on the path to higher education.


Gray Roper

Title:  Admissions Counselor

Phone:  843-349-2376

Email:  jroper1@coastal.edu

Territory:  Freshman Students - South Carolina (counties:  Dillon, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Marion, Williamsburg), Kentucky, Ohio

Educational Background:  B.S. in Secondary Education and M.S. in Higher Education Administration

What advice can you give to prospective students about finding the right school? Be Proactive! You are in control of your future. It's up to you to make sure you are taking the right steps to achieve your goals. Be proactive in your higher education decisions by taking the time to research institutions that have your major, use the college or university website to contact admissions counselors, financial aid and academic departments. You know what program of study is best for you, and you should choose the university that fits you best.

What is your favorite thing to do in the Conway/Myrtle Beach area? As a local to this area, I have always enjoyed spending time outdoors with family and friends. Most of that time is spent enjoying the local beaches or on my family's boat fishing offshore. CCU’s location can't be better if you love the outdoors. The Grand Strand area is a great place to grow up and to pursue higher education.

What is your favorite place on campus? My favorite place on campus is Brooks Stadium. My knowledge of football is limited but Brooks Stadium is more than a place where the game of football is played. Brooks Stadium, along with our other sports facilities, are places where students come together to show their true pride for CCU. CCU is a community. We "feel the teal" inside the classrooms, in our local community, and cheering for our Chants at athletic events. Brooks Stadium is where students, faculty, staff and our local community join together to cheer on our Chanticleers, and it is the only college football field in the nation with teal turf! Go Chants!


Daniela Corona, CCU class of 2014

Title:  Admissions Counselor

Phone:  843-349-4153

Email:  dpcorona@coastal.edu

Territory:  Freshman Students - South Carolina (counties:  Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton, Jasper, Orangeburg), Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont

Educational Background:  B.A. in Sociology

Why did you choose Coastal Carolina University? I chose Coastal Carolina because it was the ideal size for me. I wanted a university that offered big opportunities to its students, but was small enough that I was able to build relationships with my professors. I also knew I wanted a university far from home but that was still close enough for me to return home on the weekends and visit my family and friends. Did I mention the beach is only nine miles away?

What is your favorite part of working in Admissions? My favorite part of working in Admissions is helping students and families through this transitional time in their life. I have enjoyed traveling, meeting prospective students and sharing information about all the opportunities that CCU has to offer.

What are three things we would always find in your refrigerator? Bacon, avocado and cheese, without a doubt.


Hailey Gooding

Title:  Admissions Counselor

Phone:  843-349-6689

Email:  hgooding@coastal.edu

Territory:  Freshman Students - South Carolina (counties:  Lexington, Richland), District of Columbia, Virginia, West Virginia, Transfer and Second-Degree Seeking Students - (last names beginning with N - Z), Non-Degree Seeking Students (last names beginning with N - Z).

Educational Background:  B.A. in Public Health

What is your favorite thing to do in the Conway/Myrtle Beach area? I'm originally from Conway, so I love being home and spending as much time as possible with family and friends. On Saturdays, I'm usually boating on the Waccamaw River or at the beach (I have a few secret spots that never get crowded). I also love seafood, so I'm always on the hunt for great, family-owned restaurants up and down the Grand Strand. I even go to the inlet and get oysters myself when they're in season!

What is your advice to students beginning their college search? Remember, this is your decision. The next four years are going to be some of the most exciting and impactful times of your life. You need to choose a school that is the right fit for you! The best way to discover the right place for you is to take a campus tour, meet students and learn all you can about the university.

What are three things we would always find in your refrigerator? Bacon (I could live off of it), bottled water and leftovers from the night before!


For students in territories not listed above, please contact the Office of Admissions at 843-349-2170 or 800-277-7000 to speak with an Admissions counselor.